July 2017 MAARC Monthly Meeting

Davidsonville Family Recreation Center

Sunday, July 16th

Tailgating at 11:00 and meeting at 1:00

Presentation Topic:  Building a Technical Library

Presenters:  Brian Belanger and Joe Meagher

Display Table:  Book radios & jewel case radios


Check calendar for other events.


RadioActivity 2017 Old Equipment Contest Categories and Rules

RadioActivity 2017 Old Equipment Contest (OEC)

Note: This is the latest update. Some categories have been slightly modified, but all entries are still covered none the less due to the Open category.

Selection of the theme for each of MAARC’s annual summertime grand meets (called RadioActivity since about 1994) is always a challenge. The directors of the club agonize and quibble about it each year. In June 2017, the theme will be GENERAL ELECTRIC (GE).

At any rate, here are the Old Equipment Contest Categories for RadioActivity 2017:

RadioActivity 2017 Theme Categories: 

1. GE radios pre-1936 

2. GE radios post-1935

3. GE ephemera



Standard Categories:

4. Four-tube radios

5. 1920's Battery Radios

6. Tiny cathedral and tombstone radios of the 1930's, less than 13" tall

7. Hi-Fi and audio equipment

8. European radios (pre WWII)

9. Speakers and headphones

10. Red radios

11. Clock/radios

12. Advertising

13. Vacuum tubes

14. Novelty radios

15. Open category


Remember that documentation, especially noting any restoration or repair, and provenance for the item is essential for an entry to be competitive.


OEC Schedule

Entry Check-in:    9:00 - 11:00 a.m. June 16
Contest Judging:   11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. June 16 (contest room closed)
Contest Viewing:  2:30 - 5:00 p.m., and 1 hour after Banquet, June 16.
Entries should be removed from 7:00 an (but no later than 9:00 am) June 17. We recommend they be removed after the Banquet viewing.


Notes and Guidelines

Entries (except consoles) must be able to fit on a table and take up no more than 3’ x 5’ of table space.  If your entry requires a display stand, you need to provide it yourself.  No mountings may be fastened to the walls. Should the contest room fill to overcrowding, the contest officials reserve the right to limit the items submitted.


Special Awards

1. Best of Show.  The entry that, in the opinion of the judges, best represents the contest criteria.

2. People’s Choice.  The OEC entry voted most popular by those who view the contest.

3. Significant Historical Merit.  The entry(ies) that, in the opinion of the judges, has the most historical significance (for example, first of a kind, extreme rarity, influence on the industry, milestone event, etc.)

4. Preservation Award.  Given to the entry(ies) that best emphasizes keeping the item original—no modern replacement parts, refinishing, etc.

Special awards 3 and 4 will not be given if the judges feel that no entry meets the criteria.


Contest Judging Criteria

The OEC judges use the following scoring weights.

A. [0-20 pts] General Appearance.  Is item restored, cleaned, and generally presentable, or just “as-found”?

B. [0-10 pts] Item Rarity.  Not as important as authenticity, but it counts for the item to be relatively hard to find.

C. [0-20 pts] Authenticity.  How much of the item is demonstrably authentic and not modified? Documentation may be crucial.

D. [0-20 pts] Documentation.  Ads, journal articles, books, schematics, news clips, description of historical significance of the item all help.

E. [0-20 pts] Entrant Effort.  How much was done by entrant, based on item appearance and documentation.

F. [0-10 pts] Qualitative Bonus.  The bonus is based on judges’ judgment and experience.


Refinements to these rules and/or the schedule, if required, may be issued well in advance of RadioActivity 2017. 

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